Doing things differently in lockdown
At GPUTC, we like to do things differently, even in these unusual times. Staff and students have been working in new and innovative ways throughout the school closure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our industry-standard school facilities might be closed but learning has most definitely not stopped!
Here’s a round-up of what we’ve been up to:
Learning Differently, Together
During April, our Year 10 and 12 students took part in the 1000 Point Challenge, building their English, Maths and Science skills and completing with each other to gain points. We are look forward to finding out who won the 1000 Point Challenge during a special celebration assembly when school is open again.
In addition to the 1000 Point Challenge Year 12 also continued to study their A Level/ Level 3 technical subjects from a distance, receiving bespoke support from their experienced teachers.
During May, all classes are continuing with their GCSE, A Level and Level 2 and 3 Technical Qualifications. Students use Microsoft Sharepoint to receive and submit work and to communicate with their teachers and classmates. Teachers are available every day if students wish to contact them for personalised support.
Our students are typically self-starters who don’t just confine their learning to classrooms and workshops. Two of our Year 10 students have been involved in an incredible range of projects during lockdown.
(Image on the left: Tom serviced and fixed 2 original gameboys. On the right Charlie is making his own forge)
Our staff team are learning too! Alongside our students, we are learning how to get the best out of our technology. This is an exciting time for us as we look towards a future where technology is blended seamlessly with more traditional teaching methods.
Building Community Differently
As soon as it became clear that PPE was in short support, GPUTC donated 750 pairs of gloves, 80 pairs of eye protection, aprons, wipes and masks to the NHS.
Our Engineering and Technical Support team have been using our industry standard equipment such as laser cutters, professional laminators and 3D printers to make over 350 visors, so far, which have been donated to numerous hospitals, care homes, pharmacies, supermarkets, funeral homes and post offices.
In May, we have changed our mentor group structure to provide more meaningful and regular support for all of our students. Teachers now have a Team of 5 or 6 students who they will be in weekly contact with. They will support their students with the demands of remote learning and encourage them to take part in a weekly group video call so they stay connected with their peers.
Throughout the school closure, our Director of Support has sent a Weekly Welfare email to our entire school community. This email collates interesting and uplifting stories and provides useful information for students and parents who may need support during these difficult times.
In June, the Principal will be hosting a Zoom Quiz for students and parents (this includes those of you who have applied to join us in September).
GPUTC is a close-knit community; we achieve our best when we work together. We hope this overview has given you some insight into how we do things differently. If this seems like the kind of community you’d like to be part of, applications are now open for Year 9, 10 and 12 for a September 2020 start.